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Blach faces Mets for first time in opener
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Mets right-hander Seth Lugo has posted a 2.63 ERA in two starts since returning June 11 from a right elbow injury. He looks to continue his recent success against left-hander Ty Blach and the Giants in Friday’s series opener at AT&T Park.

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Giants hit 3 HRs, but Cain hit hard in Atlanta
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Courtesy of a few bloops and a couple blasts recorded at SunTrust Park on Thursday night, the Braves constructed an eight-run fifth inning that enabled them to overcome Jaime Garcia’s rough start and narrowly claim a 12-11 series-clinching win over the Giants.

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Posey delivers another #ASGWorthy effort
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Buster Posey indulges in some southern hospitality every time he comes home to play the Braves. The Leesburg, Ga., native continued his career success Thursday night as he belted his 10th home run in the Giants’ 12-11 loss to the Braves at SunTrust Park.

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Corbin eyeing more success vs. Phils in opener
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Playing for the second time in a week, the D-backs and Phillies start a four-game series on Friday night in Arizona. The D-backs earned a three-game sweep in Philadelphia last week, and they are starting a 10-game homestand at Chase Field, where they are 26-9 this season.

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Russell cleaning up; Happ right behind him
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Cubs cleanup man Addison Russell wreaked havoc in the heart of the order Thursday, going 4-for-5 with a homer, two doubles, two RBIs and three runs scored. Along with Ian Happ’s three single and a double, the game marked the first time since at least 1913 that the Cubs have had two players aged 23 […]

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Heyward lands on DL; Zagunis, Floro recalled
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The Cubs were hoping Jason Heyward’s left hand would heal more quickly than it has, but ultimately the injury was too severe to avoid a disabled list stint.

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Matheny recalls Kile's impact, encouragement
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Thursday marked 15 years since the death of former Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile. Cards manager Mike Matheny’s first three years in St. Louis overlapped with Kile’s only three seasons in the organization.

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Waino looks to come back strong vs. Pirates
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The Cardinals and Pirates will get another chance to make a push toward the National League Central lead when they meet to open in a three-game series at Busch Stadium on Friday.

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Crew set for SunTrust debut, live on Facebook
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Brewers manager Craig Counsell has fond memories of Turner Field from postseasons past, but he was nonetheless eager to visit new SunTrust Park for the first time Friday at the start of three-game series against the Braves.

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With baby in hospital, Shaw doing double duty
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The easy part was the three hits and three RBIs. The hard part was getting on that airplane. Yet that is what the job required on Thursday of Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw, after his productive day at the plate fueled a 4-2 win over the Pirates at Miller Park.

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Atmosph-Eric: Sogard ranges for key play
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Eric Sogard, one of the most surprising players on one of Major League Baseball’s most surprising teams, tallied three more hits and made the defensive play of the game in the Brewers’ 4-2 win over the Pirates on Thursday at Miller Park.

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Chase paces Crew with 6th straight quality start
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Brewers right-hander Chase Anderson logged his sixth straight quality start and Travis Shaw homered and drove in three runs in a 4-2 win over the Pirates on Thursday at Miller Park.

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